About the book:
FEAR’S TOUCH: A DARKWORLD NOVELLA, by Emma L. Adams
Genre: new-adult, urban-fantasy/ paranormal-romance
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Release: November 17, 2014
Find Online: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads
Freakish powers and staring demon eyes aren’t part of Claudia’s plans for the future – and neither is ending up stuck at the gloomy, isolated University of Blackstone. But bad life decisions are the least of her problems, when a split-second decision to help out another magic-user puts her in the crossfire of both the shadow-beasts and the creepy organisation which hunt them down.
Claudia’s never had to worry about making the right choice before, but every decision matters when you have a Darkworld connection. Soon, she’s going to have to make a choice: turn her back on the crazy and try to live a normal life, or take the monsters down.
But in a world where everyone seems to have secrets, can she really trust her fellow magic-users – or even herself?
About the author:
Emma spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing speculative fiction. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also entertained her creative writing group and baffled her tutors by submitting strange fantasy tales featuring dragons and supernatural monsters to workshops. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).
Now a reluctant graduate, Emma refuses to settle down and be normal. When not embarking on wild excursions and writing fantasy novels, she edits and proofreads novels for various publishing houses and reads an improbable number of books. Emma is currently working on the Alliance series, a multiple-universe adult fantasy featuring magic, monsters, cool gadgets and inappropriate humour. Her upper-YA urban fantasy Darkworld series is published by Curiosity Quills Press.
Warning: Some spoilers may be included!
In spite of knowing that this book was published a little over a year after the publication of the first book and just before the second book, I still read this book first. While there is action almost immediately, it’s kind of a subdued action. Yes, she quickly runs into the darkness and jumps off a balcony, but it just kind of happens without much explanation. And the filtered explanation we receive from the “so my parents told me this and it’s bogus” section is not really an explanation, either. I’m thinking that this would have been more understandable if I had read the first book, but the Goodreads page states that it’s a stand-alone so I opted for the chronological reading order.
Despite being a bit confused, which for all I know may have been purposefully done because our main character Claudia is confused, I did still enjoy the story. Claudia starts off her story at a Halloween party when the lights go out and someone pulls out, what else, a ouija board! Somehow, whether connected to the ouija board or by coincidence, Claudia sees her first demon. And promptly jumps off a balcony. Okay, that’s not exactly how it happens, but close enough and that’s pretty much how I see it in my head. Her parents give a mostly off-screen explanation of the real world that was hidden and Claudia puts it all on the backburner determined to ignore it.
One thing I really don’t like is that her supposed best friend who had been with her since primary school suddenly ditches her after she goes off the balcony. Basically the rumors are that she had a break-down and, in spite of all the crazy shit that Claudia has done over the years – including yearly personality switches out of boredom, her panicking during a blackout when someone is screwing with a ouija board is what makes her friend dump her. I feel like we’re missing something…
Anyway, Claudia goes about during her senior year attempting normal and manages it pretty well up until it’s college time and the only one she can get into is the college dead center of spook capital. (My word choices, not from the book. But it’s what I call the city in my head now.) She meets a good group of people and learns more about what’s going on. I could go on, but it is a short book/novella and I don’t want to spoil everything!
I give this story 3.5 out 5.0 stars because it started slow and doesn’t really seem to be stand-alone in regards to background knowledge, but I did thoroughly enjoy it and I’m hopeful that Claudia and her friends show up in the main series.
About Curiosity Quills Press:
Curiosity Quills Press (CQ) is a small hybrid publishing company specializing in genre fiction of the highest quality. With 150+ titles in our catalog already and approximately 6 new books coming out each month, there’s never a dull moment at CQ. We work with major retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Audible to ensure that you, the reader, can find whatever you are looking for at your convenience.
Founded in 2011 by Eugene Teplitsky and Lisa Gus, CQ was initially a resource portal for writing and publishing, created in an effort to help writers, like themselves, survive the publishing industry. After rapid success, CQ morphed into publishing press that over time has solidified its share in the market. Now we spend our days searching for the next great escape!